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Meiji Restoration: Question 1 of 7
Before Commodore Matthew Perry’s expedition to Japan in 1853, Japan was most influenced by
  1. Russia’s need for warm water ports
  2. the introduction of advanced technology from the United States
  3. France’s quest for new colonies
  4. China’s religion, art, and writing

Correct Answer Number: 4

Explanation: Japan was greatly influenced by China during the Nara Period, during which time Chinese writing, music, art, philosophy, and crafts were adapted.


Meiji Restoration: Question 2 of 7
In Japan, the Meiji Restoration resulted in the
  1. division of the nation between the European powers
  2. modernization of the nation’s industry
  3. abolition of the position of emperor
  4. government being controlled by the samurai

Correct Answer Number: 2

Explanation: After being reinstated as the political leader of Japan after Commodore Perry’s visit in 1853, the Emperor Meiji feared that Japan would become a victim of Western imperialism as had happened to its neighbor China. Therefore, he set out on a program of rapid industrialization designed to put Japan on par with nations in the West.

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Meiji Restoration: Question 3 of 7
An immediate result of Commodore Matthew Perry’s visit to Japan in 1853 was
  1. an alliance between Japan and Russia
  2. the development of trade between Japan and the West
  3. a war between Japan and the United States
  4. the continued isolation of Japan

Correct Answer Number: 2

Explanation: After Perry’s demonstration of American military prowess, Japan ceased to be isolated and began trading with the United States.

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Meiji Restoration: Question 4 of 7
The arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry in Japan in 1853 signaled the end of Japanese
  1. cultural contacts with the West
  2. policies of isolationism
  3. militarism in Southeast Asia
  4. trade relations with the United States

Correct Answer Number: 2

Explanation: After Perry’s demonstration of American military prowess, Japan ceased to be isolated and began trading with the United States.

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Meiji Restoration: Question 5 of 7
A major goal of the Meiji government in Japan was to
  1. isolate Japan from other nations
  2. achieve political union with China
  3. establish Japan as an industrial power
  4. encourage colonization of Asia by Western nations

Correct Answer Number: 3

Explanation: After being reinstated as the political leader of Japan after Commodore Perry’s visit in 1853, the Emperor Meiji feared that Japan would become a victim of Western imperialism as had happened to its neighbor China. Therefore, he set out on a program of rapid industrialization designed to put Japan on par with nations in the West.

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Meiji Restoration: Question 6 of 7
The modernization of Japan during the Meiji Restoration resulted in
  1. a return to a feudal system of government
  2. the rise of Japan as an imperialistic nation
  3. an alliance between China, Korea, Russia, and Japan
  4. a strengthening of Japan’s isolationist policies

Correct Answer Number: 2

Explanation: After industrialization, Japan became imperialistic. It began to seek colonies as a source for raw materials and new markets for its finished products. These colonies were taken through warfare. The two best examples of this policy are the Sino-Japanese War fought against China, and the Russo-Japanese War fought against Russia. Both ended with a Japanese victory and the acquisition of new territories.

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Meiji Restoration: Question 7 of 7
Which statement best describes events in Japan during the period of the Meiji Restoration?
  1. Japan sought to isolate itself from world affairs.
  2. Rapid industrialization and economic growth occurred.
  3. Local lords increased their power over the Japanese emperor.
  4. Agriculture was taken over by the government.

Correct Answer Number: 2

Explanation: After being reinstated as the political leader of Japan after Commodore Perry’s visit in 1853, the Emperor Meiji feared that Japan would become a victim of Western imperialism as had happened to its neighbor China. Therefore, he set out on a program of rapid industrialization designed to put Japan on par with nations in the West.

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